“Save Mercerdale Park” rally pushes back against planned arts center

Passersby at Mercerdale Park this morning were greeted by red balloons, plastic caution tape wrapped around trees, a country music trio playing protest songs, and a small yet vocal group of red-shirted protesters marching against the controversial location of the planned Mercer Island Center for the Arts (commonly referred to as MICA). Continue reading ““Save Mercerdale Park” rally pushes back against planned arts center”

MISD Welcomes Superintendent Colosky

Amid state education budget cuts, new administration and teaching staff, and a growing number of students on Mercer Island, Donna Colosky begins her first school year as Superintendent of the Mercer Island School District. The MISD Board unanimously approved Colosky as Superintendent on June 22. Colosky replaces Gary Plano who served as MISD Superintendent for the past 10 years. Colosky has spent the summer learning about … Continue reading MISD Welcomes Superintendent Colosky

Bomb threat evacuates Mercer Island JCC: What now?

On Monday, February 27, 2017, the Stroum Jewish Community Center on Mercer Island received bomb threats around 4:45pm, causing all in the building, as well as the neighboring French American School, to evacuate. Children and adults were ushered by JCC employees across the street to the Herzel-Ner Tamid synagogue. Continue reading “Bomb threat evacuates Mercer Island JCC: What now?”

Advanced Marketing class to hold charity auction for Seattle Children’s

Mercer Island High School will host a student-run “Not So Silent” auction on Wed. May 25, 2016 in support of Seattle Children’s Hospital in which 100 percent of the proceeds will directly benefit the organization. The auction constitutes the Advanced Marketing class’ end-of-the-year project. When determining the recipient of the auction funds, the class collectively decided on Children’s Hospital, in part because of MIHS teacher … Continue reading Advanced Marketing class to hold charity auction for Seattle Children’s

All you need to know about the upcoming levy vote

The Mercer Island School District has proposed renewing the capital projects/technology and transportation levies, which is set for a special election vote on Feb. 9. Both propositions simply replace expiring levies and allow MISD to pay for needs that are not fully covered by state funding. If the one-year transportation levy renewal passes, the District says it will fund new school buses equipped with propane … Continue reading All you need to know about the upcoming levy vote

Total Strangers and Generous Neighbors Share the Holiday Spirit

The recent heavy rains triggered several landslides on Mercer Island. One significant landslide caused the steep rear yard of an Ellis Pond neighborhood home to collapse, eroding the dirt near the home as it sent trees and severed sewage pipes down the steep hillside. The family’s home was “red-tagged” by the city inspector, meaning it was condemned and deemed unsafe for habitation. Some homes lower on the hillside, … Continue reading Total Strangers and Generous Neighbors Share the Holiday Spirit

Mercer Island Families in Need

According to the most recent Mercer Island School District Annual Report, 3.7 percent of the 4,318 students in the district are provided free or reduced-price meals. In other words, approximately 50 high school students are eligible for subsidized meals. To qualify for the National School Lunch Program, a family of four must earn less than $825 per week. With Craigslist advertising modest two-bedroom apartments on the Island with a … Continue reading Mercer Island Families in Need